Tired of the same old weekend plans? Break out of your rut with 18 events happening around Lake Norman this weekend. Looking for Family Only Fun? Our article on that is here.

Note: Hurricane Florence’s path is still uncertain. Be sure to check event status before making your weekend plans!


Rural Hill Quidditch Cup 2018
September 15 – 16 | Rural Hill, Huntersville

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UNCC’s Official Quidditch Tournament is a Harry Potter-lover’s ultimate weekend destination. In addition to watching the tournament, put your own skills to the test in Quidditch workshops, find your House Tent in a Sorting ceremony, take a ride on the Hogwarts Hayxpress, sip on Butterbeer, get lost in the seven-acre corn maze and much more.

Huntersville Field of Honor® 9.11 Memorial Event
September 4 – 18 | Veterans Park, Huntersville

Visit this year’s Field of Honor to see one hundred flags stand as a memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2011 attacks. Each flag represents an individual and tells its own story. On display through September 18.

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
September 15 – November 4 | Rural Hill, Huntersville

Find your way through Rural Hill’s seven-acre corn maze during opening weekend. Other activities include hayrides, cornhole, trails and more to round out an early fall day. The Amazing Maize Maze is open through November 4. Want to check our more corn mazes? Our article listing nearby options by opening date is here.


Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Sampling
Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse Huntersville | 6 – 8 p.m.

Get ready for fall with a sampling of Sierra Nevada beers, including Oktoberfest, Kellerweis and Pale Ale on draft. Meet and talk beer with a Sierra Nevada representative and enjoy $4 Oktoberfest.

LangTree LIVE: Heart Breaker – Lipstick On A Pig
LangTree Lake Norman, Mooresville | 7 p.m.

Rock band Lipstick on a Pig takes the stage at this week’s LangTree Live concert series. Visit the shopping and restaurant retailers, grab a craft beer from D9 Brewery and park your lawn chair to enjoy the show. Admission is free.

100th Summit Coffee Songwriter Showcase
Summit Coffee Co., Davidson | 7 p.m.

Celebrate the 100th Summit Coffee Songwriter Showcase with songwriter and creator Rob McHale. The milestone event will also feature performances by 2014 Summit Songwriter of the year Rick Spreitzer and 2012 Summit Songwriter of the Year Billy Jones.

Annual Stein Hoisting Contest
Fox & Hound, Huntersville | Halftime during NFL Football

Fox & Hound’s annual stein hoisting contest starts this week during halftime of Thursday night football. Come back for round two on September 20, round three on September 27 and the final round on October 4.


Taste of the Lake 2018
Historic Langtree Plantation, Mooresville | 7 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy samples from various Lake Norman restaurants, silent and live auctions and more in the first combined fundraiser for the Lake Norman and Lowe’s YMCAs. $60 per person.

Beer and Wine Tasting
Hunter House & Gardens, Huuntersville | 5 – 8 p.m.

Sip and savor 15 local, regional and national craft beers or wines for just $15, plus enjoy live music. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

2nd Friday Street Festival
Oak Street Mill, Cornelius | 6 – 10 p.m.

Take in the sights and experiences of downtown Cornelius at the next 2nd Friday Street Festival. You’ll watch special performances taste creations from food trucks, shop local artists and vendors, plus jam out to the sounds of The Brian Rigby Band.


Run For Green
Davidson Town Green, Davidson | 7:30 a.m.

Choose from the half marathon, 10K or 5K routes at the 13th annual Run for Green benefitting the Davidson Lands Conservatory. After crossing the finish line, stick around for refreshments, beer and a performance by The Southern Style Band.

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
Galway Hooker Irish Pub, Cornelius | 5 p.m. – close

Start counting down to St. Patrick’s Day with Galway Hooker, where they’ll celebrate with games, food and live music by Ghosts of Bannockburn and Audiophiles.

Lobsterfest II
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 2 – 8 p.m.

Head to Old Town Public House to catch the popular Lobster Dogs food truck, plus enjoy live music by Cameron Floyd, a beer pairing with D9 Brewing Company, live lobster painting and more.


Concerts on the Green
Davidson Village Green, Davidson | 6 – 8 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy one of Davidson’s favorite summer events. This season of Concerts on the Green closes out with performances by The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra and The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble.

Taste of Birkdale
Birkdale Village, Huntersville | 3 – 7 p.m.

Taste the flavors of Birkdale at this day-long festival in Huntersville. Guests will sample menu items from Birkdale Village eateries, choose from seven area food truck offerings, enjoy live music from two bands, try beer from two local breweries, participate in a silent auction and more. Taste of Birkdale benefits Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman.

Concert Series: Featuring the Contrabass
Tyler-Tallman Hall, Davidson | 3 p.m.

Presented by 89.9 WDAV under artistic direction from Alan Black, this performance introduces audiences to the unique character of the contrabass through pieces including Dvořák’s String Quintet No. 2, Rossini’s Duo for Cello and Bass and a chamber version of Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. $18.65 general admission.

Digging’ the Roots: Old Time Music
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 6 p.m.

Discover “roots music”, a loosely defined style that flourished in rural communities before the 1920s, each first and third Sunday at Old Town Public House. The musician lineup rotates, so your experience is never the same twice!

Sunday Jazz
Corkscrew Birkdale, Huntersville | 2 – 4 p.m.

Round out the weekend with a class of vino and live jazz from George Hoar and Mike Zinna Jazz.